CHICAGO - The Saint Xavier University football program
continued to acquire some of the top high school talent from around the
Chicagoland area with the recent signings of three more prep recruits to add to
the 2011 fall roster. Linebacker Alex Walters (6-0, 205 lbs.) and
defensive backs Joe DeMarco (5-9,
175 lbs) and Danny Lombardo (5-10,
170 lbs.) have all signed letters of intent to continue their academic and
athletic careers as part of the nationally recognized Cougar football
team. Walters hails from Lisle, Ill.,
and enjoyed a standout prep career at Montini High School in Lombard, Ill. DeMarco resides in nearby Chicago Ridge and
played for Richards High School, while Lombardo joins the program out of
Lemont, Ill., where he was a member of Lemont High School's football team.
Walters was a team captain on
the two-time defending Class 5A state champion Broncos of Montini. He was a Class 5A Academic All-State
selection as well as an honorable mention pick on the Class 5A All-State Team. He was a first team honoree in the Suburban
Christian Conference and also an all-area selection by the Daily Herald in DuPage County.
In addition, Walters was the runner-up for the Most Valuable Player
(MVP) award given out by the Suburban Christian Conference. DeMarco was recognized as both a first team
member of the South Suburban Red All-Conference Team and an all-area pick by
the Southtown Star. Lombardo earned first team honors on the
South Suburban Blue All-Conference squad and helped the Indians advance to the
quarterfinals of the IHSA Class 6A football playoffs.
"Alex was the leader of a
defense that won two straight state championships, so that speaks volumes,"
said SXU football coach Mike Feminis.
"He has tremendous instincts and can really run. I'm expecting Alex to have an outstanding
career as a Cougar and won't be surprised at all if he helps us right away like
Zach Dolph (current SXU linebacker from Joliet Catholic Academy) did last fall
as a true freshman.
"Joe and Danny both fill needs for us in the
secondary," continued Feminis. "Joe is
more of a safety and reminds me of a Joe Nee (former SXU standout safety)
type. He is not very big, but very
active and always around the football.
Danny is an athletic corner, who might get a shot sooner rather than
later, because of the hits we took there with graduation. Danny and Clayton Fejedelem (another recent
SXU signee) were a tremendous duo in the secondary at Lemont and I'm sure they
are looking forward to playing alongside each other for another four years. The best part is that you have three guys from
great high school programs who know how to win."